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Curly’s Corner: 2018 Bahrain & Chinese Grands Prix

by David Zipf

Welcome back to our post-race breakdown of Formula 1! MotoIQ is bringing you its own particular nerdtastic take on the latest news and developments in F1. Impress your neighbors, stun your friends, and woo the ladies with your newfound F1 knowledge!


 

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Nerd Alert Part 2! SKYACTIV-X: Were Our Predictions Correct?

by Karla Pestotnik

When Mazda first announced its infamous, new SKYACTIV-X engine, we made some preliminary guesses about its workings before any information was released. Guesses are guesses, but now that Mazda has released more official information about the all-new and exciting Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition (HCCI) engine, it seems that we weren’t too far off. We recently got to poke around and even test drive their ten million dollar prototypes!


 

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WATCH! In-Depth Look: Fredric Aasbo's 2018 Formula Drift Toyota Corolla Hatchback

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Last fall, we took a long look at Fredric Aasbo's Formula DRIFT Toyota Corolla iM, but he's back for the 2018 season with a brand new late model Corolla hatchback. With a new car we had to make another trip to Papadakis Racing to take a deep look inside. Once again, Mike Kojima walks around the new Corolla Hatchback with builder and team owner Stephan Papadakis. We also take a peek at Steph's shop and some of the genius stuff going on inside one of the smallest, lightest, and most powerful pound per pound powerplants in all of Formula DRIFT, the Toyota 2AR.  Come with us and see the details up close of one of the most well thought-out Formula DRIFT machines.


 

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Dai Yoshihara's 2018 Formula Drift Rebuild Conclusion

by Mike Kojima

So if you have been following along with our mini-series on what an end of season refresh on a Pro Formula Drift car looks like, you have followed us from stripping the car to a bare chassis, to additional updates, and lastly, the final assembly of the car.


 

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Racewars 2018- Top Speed Racing Done the Australian Way!

by Blake Parry

Nestled in the Western Australian town of Albany, lies a runway – normally used for a quick transit to avoid the 5 hour drive from capital city Perth, or for handful of crop dusters and the local flying doctor service. Once a year, with the support of the local government and townsfolk, this airport is shut down, and transformed into what is now Australia’s only 1000m (3280ft) V-max event. This is Racewars.

Originally conceived by a group of WA locals over maybe one too many beers, Racewars is now in its 5th year, showing that a dedicated bunch of people, supported by a strong car community can achieve great things. Welcoming all comers – irrespective of vehicle type as long as it’s fast, to put man and machine to the test over 1000m of prime tarmac.


 

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Curly's Corner: A Nerd's Eye on Formula 1 - Australian Grand Prix

by David Zipf

It’s been five months since we got to talk Formula 1...and quite frankly, that’s five months too long. With Easter nearly on us, it’s finally time to polish up those new paint jobs, warm up the 1.6L hybrid V6s, and get racing once again. Formula 1 is back!


 

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WATCH: MotoIQ Approved Feature Car! A Track Ready, Comptech Supercharged 1991 Acura NSX

We take a detailed look at Regan Yu’s very well built Acura NSX that he uses for frequent track days and casual street driving. How do you make one of the best Japanese classic cars even better? Grab a seat and get ready to learn from MotoIQ’s Editor-In-Chief and Engineer, Mike Kojima, as he goes step-by-step through this well thought-out build.


 

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We Visit the Nitto King of The Hammers Powered by Optima Batteries! Or, the Idiot's Guide on How Not To Go Off-roading

by Mike Kojima

So we were ecstatic when Nitto Tires and Hellwig Products, makers of cool suspension stuff and supplier for several of MotoIQ's truck project suspension goodies, invited us out to the desert to spectate the Nitto King of The Hammers Powered by Optima Batteries off-road race.  Although we are newbs to the whole off-road truck thing, we know enough to have heard of the event and know that it is an extremely tough test of man and machine combining the rigors of both off-road desert racing and bolder crawling together in one event.  


 

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Out of the Meat Locker - Cameron Moore’s Formula Drift Scion FR-S

by Andrew Jennings

Blood, sweat, tears. Words that are often used to describe the intense struggle that is in any form of motorsport. For meat butcher turned Formula D Pro drifter, Cameron Moore, they couldn’t be more accurate. As a privateer, his challenge for success in the sport has been a growing process each year. The 2017 season saw him jump up a notch into some more serious metal, a highly-tuned Scion FR-S. Read on to see the full story behind this incredible build, featuring a turbocharged, anti-lag firing, nitrous-injected 2JZ motor, one that even the most seasoned of veterans would have been eager to pilot.


 

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Dai Yoshihara's 2018 Formula Drift Rebuild

by Mike Kojima

After 3 years of Formula Drift competition, our team had pretty much developed the BRZ chassis to where we were satisfied with its performance. After some post-season testing to try out a few new ideas we decided that with the development stable, it was time to completely go through the car, repair some minor damage incurred during three seasons of hard use and to rethink the car's layout.


 

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Ridden: Energica Eva Electric Motorcycle

by Khiem Dinh

Electric cars are already common place on the streets of many cities. In Los Angeles, you have to check your surroundings carefully should a quiet Model S, Model X, Model 3 (I’ve actually seen a handful now), i3, Bolt, Volt, Leaf, 500e, or bazillion Prii be sneaking by. Electric motorcycles are still working their way into more general acceptance. The line of motorcycles from Zero Motorcycle are probably the best known, but they basically the Prius of electric motorcycles, i.e. they are great for commuting but not exactly that exciting. Enter the electric motorcycles from Energica which are the equivalent Teslas.


 

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LA Auto Show 2017: Nerd’s Eye View – Unique Cars, Engines, and Things

by Khiem Dinh

The LA Auto Show always has some unique new vehicles that budding automotive companies want to show off. For example, this new Saleen mid-engine and turbocharged car. It’s got the right recipe in my mind for an awesome performance car platform. It’s good to see Saleen back out making products. The big OEMs sometimes like to show off a little flair too along with new technologies. Then there are the other random going-on stuff at the show which I find amusing.


 

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Nerd’s Eye View: LA Auto Show – Go-Fast Vehicles

by Khiem Dinh

The motorsport scene has undergone large technical changes over the last half decade with the implementation of high-efficiency technologies. Some of the technology has shown up in concept cars. Some of the technology in road going cars have been eliminated from the race car version. Then there’s just good ole big displacement with forced induction on top. There was even a bit for the off-road guys. 


 

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WATCH: Best New Stuff from the 2017 PRI Show! 

Did you not make it to the 2017 PRI show? Not to worry, MotoIQ has you covered! We love everything about the PRI Show in Indianapolis, from the snowy grounds to the best companies and new products within the Performance Racing Industry!


 

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WATCH: Best New Stuff from the 2017 SEMA Show (Part 2)

Did you not make it to the 2017 SEMA show? MotoIQ has you covered! This year the show was full to the brim. We stopped by the booths of many of our supporters to give you an insider's look at their new products and technologies on display. Here are all the videos in one place, enjoy!


 

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WATCH: Best New Stuff from the 2017 SEMA Show (Part 1)

Did you not make it to the 2017 SEMA show? MotoIQ has you covered! This year the show was full to the brim. We stopped by the booths of many of our supporters to give you an insider's look at their new products and technologies on display. Here are all the videos in one place, enjoy!


 

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Nerd’s Eye View: The Cars of PRI

by David Zipf

PRI is full of cool and new speed parts, which the rest of the MotoIQ team is showing you.  But for a PRI newcomer, it’s the cars that really overwhelm you.  They are everywhere!  And, they are all amazing and varied, everything from rally demo cars to Drag Week veterans, to dirt track cars, to original Indy 500 winning racers.  We could fill a novel with the cars we saw, and in fact after walking the PRI floor for an entire day, I STILL hadn’t seen everything there was to see!  Note to self: plan for more vacation in 2018…


 

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PRI 2017 - What's New and Cool Edition

by Erik Jacobs

It’s been almost two weeks since the 2017 Performance Racing Industry (PRI) show finished its last day, and this coverage is just now coming out. This should serve as a testament to just how much is at this truly racing-oriented trade show. Unlike the party time vibe that the SEMA show fosters, PRI is all about serious racing business. Sure, there’s a few models here and there, but, for the most part, the wares are the star of the show. Here are a number of things that the MotoIQ staff found interesting this year.


 

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GTA Super Lap Battle 2017- Finding the Spirit of Time Attack with Blackbird Fabworx

We walked the pits at Global Time Attack Super Lap Battle 2017 in search of the teams that were overcoming severe mechanical failures in order to pursue their fastest lap time. We call this the true spirit of Time Attack, and we think we found it with Blackbird Fabworx owner/driver, Moti Almagor!


 

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WATCH: GTA Super Lap Battle 2017 - REMARK Golf GTi Limited FWD

Kenji Sumino of GReddy talks to us about the REMARK Exhaust Golf GTi built to compete at Global Time Attack Super Lap Battle. The car was driven by Global Rally Cross driver, Scott Speed, in the Limited FWD class. Take a look at the car and find out what times it ran in Buttonwillow Raceway's CW13 configuration!


 

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